Source - Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested Sunday night in on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $22,500… Irsay’s arrest will certainly be a topic of conversation at the annual league meetings, to be held in Orlando next week. “All persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid ‘conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League,’” the NFL’s personal conduct policy states. “This requirement applies to players, coaches, other team employees, owners, game officials, and all others privileged to work in the National Football League.”
The whole world is having a cheap laugh at Irsay’s expense today. But you won’t find us doing that here at the Stool. There’s no easier thing in the world to demagogue than a famous person getting popped for DUI, but we’ll leave it to other sites to get on a soapbox and preach about how irresponsible Irsay was and all that. Because there is no more “There but for the grace of God go I” crime in the world than drunk driving. It’s the grayest of legal gray areas and every one of us is one bad ice cube and one swerve of the wheel away from walking in Irsay’s moccasins. And I think we’ve been pretty consistent around here when it comes to these kinds of charges, from Donte Stallworth to Alfonzo Dennard to whomever.
Granted, I’d love nothing more than to hammer Irsay for something. Anything. He after all is the guy who created the Cult of Personality around Peyton Manning, started the hagiography of St. Anthony Dungy and unleashed the monster that was Bill Polian, who got the Competition Committee to write rules that favored the Colts while single-handedly destroyed football. But the truth is, I kind of like Irsay. He’s a Lucky Spermer for sure. But he’s the kind of Lucky Spermer I’d be if my dad owned an NFL franchise instead of worked at the phone company. He’s just a stupid party boy who spends all day hanging out with football celebrities and Tweeting nonsense. And unlike everyone else in his organization, he passed on the chance to get on his high horse about SpyGate. As a matter of fact, back in 2008 he said “I think we all need to move past it. The discipline was laid down and it was a severe penalty and I think we just have to move on at this point. To me, it’s a past issue. But the fact that they (talked) showed class. We all have to realize is that we can all be sitting on the other side of the chair. We’re all human and we shouldn’t be the one to cast the first stone.” So yeah, he’s earned enough goodwill around here that we should cut the guy some slack. We could all be sitting on the other side of the chair and we shouldn’t be the one to cast the first stone. So I forgive Irsay for the OUI arrest. That shirt though, will be harder to forgive. @JerryThornton1